Posted by Gaufrid on March 12th, 2009
It has been some time since I have had quite as many quibbles about clues in an FT crossword. These made the solving process, for me at least, somewhat protracted and, in places, difficult. There were several questionable parts of clues, as indicated below,
and one definition (23a) is simply wrong. Having said that, there were some enjoyable clues as well. I particularly liked 5d and 7d.
1 ROOM AT THE TOP MATTHE[w] (apostle endlessly) in ROOT (source) OP (work)
8 SET FAIR SET (prepared) FAIR (just)
9 POINTER dd
11 ORIFICE OR (a precious thing) IF ICE (Arctic seals under it) – I am not particularly happy at having ‘or’ defined as ‘a precious thing’. Collins only lists it as an adjective (of the metal gold) and COED indicates it is a colour used in heraldry (gold or yellow) though it can just about be justified in Chambers if one uses one of the less common definitions of ‘tincture’.
12 REIFIED DEIFIER (godmaker) reversed – the word ‘godmaker’ does not appear in any of the standard references.
13 DRAFT [toddle]R in DAFT (potty) – ‘bottom of’ to indicate the last letter of a word might have worked had this been a down clue.
14 EMMENTHAL *(MAN HELMET) – many things have holes so is it fair to use ‘which contains holes’ as the definition for a cheese?
16 SUBEDITOR BED (bottom) in SUITOR (lover) – does the subeditor write the headlines?
19 CACAO CA CA (twice state) O (love)
21 OFFLOAD OFF (abroad) LOAD (a lot) – does ‘abroad’ equate to ‘off’ and surely ‘a lot’ would be ‘loads’?
23 AQUATIC AT in A QUIC[k] (tailless swift) –
‘aquatic’ does not mean ‘water’! Edit: Thanks Paul B for pointing out my error (see comment #1)
24 DIALECT DIAL (face) *(ETC)
25 INSTALL INST (this month) ALL (everyone)
26 LONELY HEARTS dd
1 RETSINA [c]ANISTER (container topped) reversed
2 ON A DIET *(IDEA NOT) – is ‘supposed’ meant to be the anagram indicator or is it part of the definition and there is no anagram indicator? If the former then it doesn’t work for me.
3 AGREEMENT men (PEOPLE) IN a GREET (welcome)
4 TAPIR RIP AT (tear off towards) reversed
5 EDITION *(NOTED I I)
6 OSTRICH [p]OST (pale concealing head) RICH (deep)
7 AS GOOD AS GOLD dd
10 RED BLOOD CELL RED (wine) BLOOD (extraction) CELL homophone of ‘sell’ (trade)
15 MARGARINE [la]R[ge] RAG (newspaper) reversed in MAINE (state)
17 BUFFALO dd
18 DIOCESE *(CODE IS) E[nemy]
19 CRUISER dd
20 CUTLASS CUT (slash) LASS (miss)
22 DOTTY dd – ‘imbalanced’ does not mean ‘dotty’, it should have been ‘unbalanced’.